Compassionate Dictatorship

Described as “catching the current wave of Brit Jazz’” by Jazzwise Magazine, this guitar and sax led quartet evolved out of the long standing collaboration between Jez Franks and risins star of the London jazz scene Tori Freestone who then joined forces with Phronesis bassist Jasper Hoiby and drummer Ben Reynolds. Since their debut album ‘Coup d’Etat’ in 2007 they have toured extensively, and are now promoting their second album ‘Cash Cow’. The band play original material drawing from a wide and eclectic range of influences from folk to free and contemporary jazz, creating fresh sounds and atmospheric textures within interesting harmonic frameworks and varied meters, over bubblling grooves blending four distinct voices into one.

"A sturdy slice of contemporary British jazz, with much to engage the listener"

“this is a muscular but intelligent band playing immediately accessible, spirited but carefully wrought music” Chris Parker, Jazz Review

“…another vital example of UK musicians embracing and incorporating both free jazz and rock elements into an edgy, risk taking approach to their music” Jazzwise